Emily Esfahani Smith is a Canadian-American journalist and writer by profession. Her interest areas are Psychology, Philosophy, literature, and human behavior. She has written many books, one of the best New York Times Selling books is “Power of Meaning.”

“As much as we might wish, none of us will be able to go through life without some kind of suffering. That’s why it’s crucial for us to learn to suffer well.”

Emily Esfahani Smith

According to Emily, the meaning of life should be beyond our happiness. Happiness is not the ultimate purpose of life. One can be happy by achieving the goal, it is an act or an expression of one ‘s life to be happy, not a meaning of life.

“Plenty of people have dreams, after all, but many do nothing to actually accomplish them.”

Emily Esfahani Smith

Finding your best within you and serving others, an effort for achieving their dreams is the purpose of life. When you experience the transcendent feeling while doing any work, it is the ecstasy of life.

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“They are the four pillars of meaning: belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence.”

Emily Esfahani Smith


The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters

Meaning of Life
Author: Emily Esfahani Smith
About: The Book title itself says everything about how powerful this book is. The book describes the four most prominent factors to think of to create a powerful meaning of life. Those four pillars are – Belonging, Purpose, Storytelling, and Transcendence.

The Power of Meaning: The true route to happiness

Meaning of life
Author: Emily Esfahani Smith
Meaning of life
About: The author has done a lot of research interviewing different personalities from different industries on the power of meaning. She describes in the book how happiness and the meaning of life are correlated and interdependent. She recommends we focus on pillars of life – Belonging, Purpose, Storytelling, and Transcendence.


About: Emily explains something which gives you ‘WHY’ to breathe and is beyond your happiness is the ultimate purpose of life. She grew up listening to stories from Sufism from ancient Rumi times.

“Leading a meaningful life, by contrast, corresponded with being a “giver,” and its defining feature was connecting and contributing to something beyond the self.”

About: Emily shows how finding purpose at work is really important because most of our waking hours are spent at work.

“Research has shown that among the benefits that come with being in a relationship or group, a sense of belonging clocks in as the most important driver of meaning.”

About: Emily quotes ancient authors, to show how one can find meaning in life.

“When we try to pick out anything by itself,” he wrote, “we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

“Many of us are so caught up in our own lives, so rushed and preoccupied, that we acknowledge the people we are interacting with only instrumentally—as a means to an end. We fail to see them as individuals.”

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